A Little Kindness Goes a Long Way

This is a little different type of post today.


This has been a tough week. All over the world the anger and hatred of certain people is boiling over to affect other innocent people who have no part in the fight. As a traveler, and one who will be boarding an international flight tomorrow, I was particularly troubled by the crash of the Malaysian flight over the Ukraine. I found myself disconcerted, troubled, morose.

Lincoln Memorial

Lincoln Memorial


So it was a happy respite to have a tour to do on Saturday. My group of guests came from various southern states and included couples and families. We had a beautiful, coolish, breezy day and they got to see nearly everything on their “must see” list of Washington, D.C.

US Capital Dome

US Capital Dome

 

Towards the end of the tour, one of the guests, a college student named Emily (not her real name) asked me where would be a good place for a friend to meet her. After asking a few questions, I learned that Emily, a college senior, had come up from North Carolina with her parents and was embarking on one of those cool, crazy, fun things that college students do – c’mon, you all remember them – and parents fret about.

 

One friend was driving to DC from New Jersey to pick her up. They were going to go back to New Jersey and then on into New York City where another friend is interning for the summer. The problem was, that the NJ friend was stuck in traffic and the parents were reluctant to drop their daughter off alone on the streets of D.C. The bus and group had a 4pm deadline to leave Washington.

 

So I chimed in, “Tell your friend to meet you at Union Station. It’s an easily accessible, well-known location and my car is parked nearby so I will take you there and stay with you until she arrives.”

 


It was all arranged and after kisses and hugs, Emily hopped off the tour bus with me at Union Station. We went in, I showed her around and we got a coffee while awaiting the arrival of her friend. They were texting back and forth about locations and arrival times – the mom in me hoped that her friend wasn’t texting and driving. And of course, I said so. We chatted about college and plans and what to do in NYC.

 

Union Station, Washington,D.C.

Union Station, Washington,D.C.


I asked how long they were going to be staying in New York – it was about 4:30 on Saturday afternoon at that point – she said, “Not too long, I have to be back at work in on Monday morning.” I just laughed and wondered if she realized that it was going to take about 5 hours to drive to New York from DC. This truly was one of those crazy things you do when you are 20-ish, but I knew, given the opportunity, I’d have done exactly the same thing at that age!


Within a few minutes, her friend arrived. We waved her down and my parting words to Emily were, “Be sure to text your dad!” I am a mother, after all.


I headed across the plaza towards my car and before I even got there, my phone was ringing. It was Emily’s father, thanking me again for staying with his daughter and helping her make the connection. It was such a simple thing, really, just a little human kindness. A half-hour of my time to ease the anxiety and uncertainty of so many people. I felt great.

 


It’s amazing that something so simple can make you feel so good. Amid all the chaos of life it is easy to forget that. It’s likely I’ll never see her again – but those 30 minutes made my week. It truly is in giving that we receive.

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9 comments on “A Little Kindness Goes a Long Way
  1. As a mother, I’m thankful you did what you did. When my daughter was a senior (just a few years ago,) she and her choir class went to sing at Carnegie Hall. While there, they went to the park and the Statue of Liberty, etc. I was so excited for her opportunity but yet frightened for her…all a mothers fears. I thank God for people like you!

    • aStoirin says:

      I’m trying to figure out how everyone always ends up at my old blog. I’ve transferred the posts, but for some reason everyone is landing there
      The new one is http://Www.theamblingblog.com

      • beneath your name where it says Amble on Tours is what I clicked and that link took me to the old blog. Might have to do some re-arranging in the admin area. ??? The new one looks oh so pretty too! I’ll explore it more soon! My comp. is freezing up. Must sign out and restart.

  2. Hey 🙂 We love this article and would like to feature it on Kindness Blog with links back to you. Would that be OK? No problems if not 🙂

  3. Lily Lau says:

    That’s because you’re very kind, and kind people always deserve a reward 🙂

  4. What a great story, that was so kind of you! The energy and joy of youth, and yes I can remember – barely though – thinking that would have been a grand lark. Wishing you safe journey Deirdre, hope you have a great trip.

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